NATO chopper crashes, two soldiers killed in S Afghanistan

22:07, July 22, 2010      

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Two soldiers of the NATO-led forces lost their lives as a helicopter crashed in south Afghanistan on Thursday, a press release of the alliance said.

However, it did not mention the exact place and the cause of the crash, saying investigation is underway.

Meantime, a Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi in talks with media via cellular phone claimed of responsibility, stressing six foreign soldiers were killed in the incident. He also said that Taliban shot down the helicopter by a rocket propelled grenade in Helmand province.

On the other hand, Daud Ahmadi the spokesman for Helmand's provincial administration in south Afghanistan told Xinhua that the chopper crashed outside Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah at around 03:00 p.m. local time. He did not comment on casualties.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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